The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, a specially-selected group of Star Wars memorabilia from the world’s largest private collection, will be part of the activities at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany July 26th to 28th.
“We had a great time introducing Rancho Obi-Wan to thousands of fans at Celebration VI in Orlando last year, and are thrilled to be invited to share the experience with fans and collectors in Europe this year,” says Steve Sansweet, owner of the collection and president of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan Inc. in northern California, a 9,000 square foot (836 m2) museum.
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Rancho Obi-Wan at Celebration VI with Steve Sansweet
Not only will fans at Celebration Europe be able to see this first-time exhibition of Rancho Obi-Wan outside of the United States, they will be able to meet the world-renowned Star Wars fan and author behind the collection as well. Sansweet will be present in the Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit much of the time to greet fans, and is scheduled to take part in programming at the show. This will be a rare treat for fans at Celebration Europe.
“We are making our selections now, but we will be bringing an assortment of items related to the making of the films and the merchandise, vintage toys that collectors rarely have a chance to see in person, and many one-of-a-kind pieces,” Sansweet added.
Rancho Obi-Wan also will have a limited amount of logo souvenir merchandise available as well as some of Sansweet’s 16 Star Wars books. Steve will be happy to sign anything appropriate that fans bring to the show. There also will be giveaways and special prize drawings in the 690 square-foot (64m2) booth.Attendees also will be able to purchase Rancho Obi-Wan memberships and get their personalized membership kits on site, as well as get full information about guided tours of the museum.